Custom House Maritime Museum


Newburyport was settled in 1653 at the intersection of the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean, almost immediately solidifying its importance as a commercial port. The town was home to a thriving shipyard in the 19th century, and some claim that this is the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard. The museum, housed in a handsome Greek-revival building, contains objects that represent this maritime history.

There are stunning models and paintings of the clipper ships that once plied their trade in this area, as well as artifacts from actual ships that made it back to port and those salvaged from ships lost at sea. The museum’s Coast Guard Room tells its history through art and photos and helps to explain exactly what the Coast Guard does.


25 Water St.
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950


42.81178300, -70.86818300

Open Hours

Jan.--Apr.: Sat. 10--4, Sun. and holiday Mon. noon--4. May--Dec.: Tues.--Sat. 10--4, Sun. and holiday Mon. noon--4.
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(978) 462-8681

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